What are Thin Stix?
Thin Stix are mess-free tempera paint in a stick.
(The Texas state fair just ended, so as I write that, I’m thinking “Paint on a Stick,” but this is a plastic stick, not the greasy state fair sticks.)
The solid paint dries in 90 seconds. The sticks twist up, so from a mom’s perspective, they’re super easy to use. I can let my preschooler use these with barely any supervision because I know he can’t dump paint all over the floor. But, they’re special enough that my kids aren’t trying to draw on the walls like they do with markers. This washes easily off of their hands and can be used on just about anything: cardboard, rocks, paper, etc.
Just a warning though: a certain preschooler of mine thought it was funny to twist one of the sticks all the way up, resulting in a chunk of this solid tempera paint on the table. It washed out of the table easily, but it made a mess on my fingers. Yes, it washed right off, but it lead to a meltdown when I threw that color away. So the warning? They don’t go back together when broken off!
How we used Thin Stix:
We’re moving this week. It’s been a while since we’ve done such a major move. One of our moving boxes just wasn’t going to hold up this time around. So, I cut it up and let my boys use the cardboard to draw on.
My preschooler drew what he called a lake, with a dinosaur and a train track. My first grader is really into writing lately, but I thought this would give him a chance to try some art again. Umm…yeah…he wrote out the Greek alphabet and a few math problems. Then he asked for more cardboard and drew a model of a circuit system: batteries, power lines, switches, the whole works. Art is a challenge for him, but he’s so creative in other ways that I’m not worried about his lack of drawing skills.
This particular pack of Thix Stix included 6 neon colors and 6 metallic colors. I’m a sucker for glitter, so I joined in the coloring fun with the metallic colors. I’ve messed with painting in the past, and occasionally sprinkled glitter on my project just for fun. The mess-free aspect of these worked great.
It’s always awesome to find another kids art supply that doesn’t require much from me. My kids are on a construction paper and tape kick right now, and the Thin Stix are a welcome addition to their craft box. My big kid in particular thought the 24 colors of variety were fantastic. He’s constantly asking to color with these Thin Stix!
Where to find Thin Stix:
The Pencil Grip (and this Thin Stix product) can be found online at: